Posted by psgels on 25 February 2013 with categories: Robotics;Notes

And with this we have turned to the final arc of this series, in which we finally take a look at Aki and her sister. It brought in a sudden hint of romance as well now that Aki is in the main picture again (again, this could have been better balanced to take out the harem element because I don’t think it really contributes to much here apart from making Kai a less interesting character. That’s the downside of having a series with so many different plot threads, yet still wanting the main character to poke his nose in everything.

Still, Misa’s part in this episode is something I really liked. Kai really feels shocked by what happened to Mizuka and the creators used that well, only to move over to Misa herself, who seems to have betrayed her job or something…? The answer to that is probably something we’ll get in the next episodes. I really liked the cliff-hanger of this episode and how this showed the tension between Aki and her sister.

Lots of drama seems to have been created around Gunvarrel. This part did not work as well for me today, probably because it’s a part that has been a bit abandoned: how regular people think of Gunvarrel. It just felt too one-sided and forced at this point. I know that it has been stated before that Gunvarrel has had negative publicity, but for me it was a bit too much when everyone just walked away or when people started throwing with cans…
Rating: 4.5/8 (Good)

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  1. Blizt says:

    I found the part where it seems almost everyone is hating Gunvarrel, and that there doesn’t seem to be a single still dedicated fan at all a bit unrealistic.

    I mean, from what we learned, Gunvarrel is a show that was loved by the young and old, across nation, and still retaining its popularity after years without airing the final episode. Then suddenly from a simple “leak”, the story went on telling us as if nearly all the fans across the globe start hating it.

    To be honest, even if something similar happens in our real life, I’d imagine fans would hate and blame the production company/author for creating such outrageous final ending, NOT the character. I can even imagine there will be hardcore fans who refused to take that ending to be “canon”, and create their own “perfect” ending.

    I felt that the reason Gunvarrel is being hated, is only because R;N’s story “requires” it to be hated in order to move the plot…

  2. MCAL says:

    Excellent cliffhanger. I would have rated this higher than Psycho Pass though. I expect some shocking reveals next episode.

  3. Juno says:

    Did you forget that people are not only mad about the series being given a harsh ending, but also about how the whole production crew was murdered by one of their own (supposedly)…? In Japan, death like this is a FAR bigger taboo than anything you’d see in the media (like a sex scandal of an idol or something). They avoid it, and the things attached to it, like the plague. Since Gunvarrel is a name attached to such death in the public now, it seemed perfectly natural to me that they avoided it in such a precise way. Which is why, in the previous episode, Aki said, “Even though Mizuki just died…” when trying to get across that she doesn’t want to give up on Gun-tsuku-2.
    Death is so much of a big deal that a family in Japan is considered to be going through “mourning” for at least two years after the death of a family member. At least. No less.

    • Highfinder Highfinder says:

      You can say that but still doesn’t mean that it justifies anything in this episode. For one that guy who threw the bottle at Aki and nearly killed her didn’t react at all to the fact that he nearly caused her death. Also these kids build a frigging robot. For the crowd to ignore it just because it’s Gunvarrel is downright idiotic and unnatural.
      Whether it happens in Japan or not, this is forced.

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  • k-off
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 03:34 AM)
    @Vincent No shit.
  • Vincent
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 03:14 AM)
    @Bam Slightly. Did americans use manifest destiny as an excuse to steal land from the natives?
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 03:05 AM)
    @Vincent: I guess we were slightly more honest about it. It is funny how we use the fact after the matter as evidence of our divine providence. It’s like holding a gun to somebody and saying “fate wants you to die”, proceed to shoot them, and then say “see! I was right” lol
  • Vincent
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 02:56 AM)
    @Bam But unlike the american concept of manifest destiny, the Japanese used it as an excuse to wage what they were really doing: a war to hoard resources.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 02:52 AM)
    @Vincent: I see. A similar doctrine to Manifest Destiny.
  • Vincent
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 02:49 AM)
    @Bam Not to my knowledge. From the government, at least. It was always about expanding the glory of the homeland or something like that, which is why the Japanese took glee with the invasion of Manchuria and the Philippines, places they had no ethnic ties to.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 02:46 AM)
    *admitably
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 02:46 AM)
    @Vincent: I am admirably not too knowledgeable when it comes to the history of that region, but I still know that atrocities were committed.
    The interesting thing is that Japnese believe that their ancestors actually came from Korea. I wonder if this fact was ever used as a propaganda for why they have the right to annex Korea.
  • Vincent
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 02:40 AM)
    @Bam There also was the fractures within the Korean Peninsula itself. Quite astounding, really, that a nation as small as Korea is divided to this day. Not even counting the Japanese and Chinese aggression.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 02:39 AM)
    @Vincent: you probably know of it twinfold: both with the aborigines and then again with the Japanese invasion of Korea.

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